The Effect of Digital Maturity on Strategic Approaches to Digital Transformation

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Abstract

Industry 4.0 is widely acknowledged in industry, and many companies have already started their digital transformation journey. However, companies approach the digital transformation differently, and research has demonstrated that companies have different strategies and approaches to digital transformation. In the light of the different strategies and approaches, this research paper investigates how the strategic approach chosen by SMEs in the manufacturing industry is affected by their level of digital maturity. The study is based on a multiple case study of thirteen SMEs in the Danish manufacturing industry. The paper draws the conclusion that there is a significant relation between the companies’ digital maturity level and their strategic approach. Three distinct patterns of the relationship between strategy and digital maturity are identified and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Customization : Bridging Smart Products and Manufacturing Systems - Proceedings of the 8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference CARV 2021 and 10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference MCPC 2021
EditorsAnn-Louise Andersen, Rasmus Andersen, Thomas Ditlev Brunoe, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Kjeld Nielsen, Alessia Napoleone, Stefan Kjeldgaard
Number of pages8
Publication date2022
Pages754-761
ISBN (Print)9783030906993
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference: Towards Sustainable Customization: Bridging Smart Products and Manufacturing Systems - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 2 Nov 20205 Nov 2020
Conference number: 8
https://carv2020.com/

Conference

Conference8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference
Number8
LocationAalborg University
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period02/11/202005/11/2020
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

Keywords

  • Digital maturity
  • Digital transformation
  • Digitalization
  • Industry 4.0
  • SME
  • Strategy

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